is a procedure that uses a thin balloon to open
to improve sinus drainage, and in some
cases, alleviating headaches caused by sinusitis.
This procedure is similar to an angioplasty, where
a balloon is inserted in heart vessels to clear
blockage. The balloon in a sinuplasty is placed
into position where it is inflated, deflated and
safely removed. This results in a widening
of any blocked areas leading into the sinuses,
while keeping the other areas of the nose unharmed.
Acute Sinusitis is the painful swelling (inflammation) of the
air-filled spaces behind the forehead, cheeks
and eyes. For chronic patients, symptoms
may occur for as long as three months, and can
keep returning. Symptoms
of chronic sinusitis may include chronic fatigue; cough; facial pain around
the eyes, in the forehead or cheeks; headache
in the front of the head or around the eyes; nasal congestion; nasal drainage;
and pain in the roof of the mouth or teeth.
Some advantages of a sinuplasty is that it is
less invasive than traditional sinus surgery with
less bleeding and a shorter recovery time.
Many people are
able to return to work within a twenty-four hour
period. Your E-N-T surgeon will consult with you reguarding the details of your particular situation and help you choose the best treatment for your sinuses. In some cases this may involve sinuplasty, but may also include other types of treatment available through our practice.